Face Covering Information

The importance of wearing a face covering in Hamilton County cannot be overstated. The virus specifically spreads through droplets coming from the mouth or nose. These droplets escape not just while coughing or sneezing, but also while talking and singing. Masks catch these droplets before they can reach others. According to the CDC, asymptomatic persons can transmit the virus.

This web page will provide guidance on various aspects of face coverings.

Homemade Face Mask Donations

 

Introduction

Many agencies who work with our community’s most vulnerable populations have asked for homemade face masks. Homemade masks are recommended in places where social distancing is difficult. They limit the spread of infectious droplets in the air by containing coughs and sneezes. To meet this need, we are asking for your help. If you know how to make homemade face masks and have the means to purchase supplies to make them, please consider donating to one of our four drop-off locations. The masks will be collected and laundered each day, then given to the Health Department Command Center and distributed to vulnerable populations in the community. Masks will not be worn by clinical staff treating COVID-19 positive or suspected patients.   

Drop off locations

 

Hamilton County Health Department (Back circle near Vital Records entrance)

921 E. 3rd Street

Chattanooga, TN 37403

Donation Hours (Same as our COVID-19 hotline)

·         Monday – Friday from 8 am – 6 pm

·         Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm

·         Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm

 

Chattanooga Fire Station 8

2103 Hickory Valley Road

Chattanooga, TN 37421

Donation Hours:  7 am - 7 pm daily

 

Chattanooga Fire Station 19

5400 Brunswick Lane

Chattanooga, TN 37343

Donation Hours:  7 am - 7 pm daily

 

Chattanooga Fire Station 20

3003 Cummings Hwy

Chattanooga, TN 37419

Donation Hours:  7 am - 7 pm daily

 

Special Notes

 

·         Please package homemade face masks securely and place in plastic sealed bags. You can put a batch of masks in one sealed bag.

·         If you choose, please include your name, the organization you represent and the number of masks in your package.

 

Sewing instructions - A recommended sewing pattern, along with suggested cloth materials, can be found below. Note: versions with and without elastic are included. It is required that the fabric is 100% cotton.

·         Video from Deaconess Health https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask

·         Joann Fabrics https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/

·         CDC Sewn Cloth Face Covering:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

·         CDC Cloth Face Covers https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

 

Questions: Please contact April Priest at AprilP@HamiltonTN.gov or call the COVID-19 hotline at 423-209-8383 with any additional questions.